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May 23rd, 2011

Bishop Care Center sued for alleged neglect

May 23, 2011

A trial date has been set for a lawsuit against the Bishop Care Center, its parent corporation, Horizon West Healthcare, Inc., and five employees that alleges reckless, neglectful and abusive treatment of a patient.
The trial is scheduled to begin March 9, 2012. Judge Dean Stout will be presiding.
According to a complaint filed in Inyo County Superior Court, the victim, then 77, was admitted to the Bishop Care Center in 2005 after suffering a small stroke.

May 19th

Mule Days issues statement regarding EHV-1

May 19, 2011

In response to concerns from residents and potential Mule Days contestants regarding recent reports of EHV-1 virus, Mule Days officials released this statement.
“The EHV-1 virus has the potential to be deadly to equines if it is left untreated or ignored.
According to the Department of Food and Agriculture, ‘The EHV-1 organism spreads quickly from horse to horse and the neurologic form of the virus can reach high morbidity and mortality rates.’

Equine virus outbreak causes stir

May 19, 2011

A recent outbreak of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy, or EHV-1, in at least six Western states, including California, is causing concern among Mule Days contestants and organizers.
There have been 10 reported cases of the virus in California, but no reports have come from Inyo or Mono counties.
Despite the widespread concern, officials at Mule Days have no plans to cancel the world-famous event, slated to enter its 42nd year May 24-29.

May 17th

Local McDonald’s restaurants earn Central Calif. ethics award

May 17, 2011

Fast food may be synonymous with drive-thru windows, first-time jobs and deep-fried foods, but locally, it has become a shining example of ethics, honesty and responsible business practices.
The Better Business Bureau of Central California has named the local McDonald’s franchises serving Bishop, Lone Pine and Mammoth the winner of the 2011 Ethics Awards for Marketplace Excellence for the Southern Central Valley in the large business category.

May 13th

Local CHP adds fresh new face to its ranks

May 13, 2011

Local officers with the California Highway Patrol welcomed a new member to their ranks this week.
Veterans with the Lone Pine CHP office will spend the next 45 days “breaking in” Officer Jeremy Patch, who graduated from the grueling 27-week CHP Boot Camp April 29 and reported for duty in Inyo County this past Monday.
Patch will be living in Lone Pine and working out of the Southern Inyo office.
As with all new officers, Patch had an opportunity to visit Inyo County prior to graduation from the academy to tour his duty station and conduct a ride-along with a local officer.

Future of fireworks show up in the air

May 13, 2011

The airport in Bishop could be quiet this Fourth of July.
The rising cost of fireworks, the incredible amount of manpower required and dwindling donations are major factors in the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department’s decision of whether to have a show this year.
Fire Chief Ray Seguine said the volunteers will decide at their next meeting on Tuesday, May 17 if the sky will be full of the flowers of fire this Fourth.

May 12th

More cowbell coming to Tri-County Fair

May 12, 2011

Officials at the Tri-County Fair sought Tuesday to put an end to speculation about the 2011 headliner, announcing that none other than Blue Öyster Cult will be taking the stage on Friday night, Sept. 2.
“Tickets are not yet on sale for the fairtime concert, but many people have been asking who this year’s band would be,” said Fairgrounds CEO Jim Tatum. “We are so excited to bring back a classic rock concert and we hope everyone comes out to enjoy Blue Öyster Cult.”

Fiesta marks 10 years

May 12, 2011

In 2001, a group of local Lone Pine residents got together to discuss how they could bring their community together. Rather than having a Cinco de Mayo celebration, they decided to expand the concept to hold it the week afterward to include everyone in the community, celebrate Mother’s Day as well, and call it Fiesta de Lone Pine.

A new and improved hatchery

May 12, 2011

Nearly four years after the 55,000-acre Complex Fire of July 2007 nearly burnt the structure down and three years after heavy rainfall on the burnt areas sent a flood of mud and debris through the historic grounds, the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery is not only recovered but newly expanded.
Friends of Mt. Whitney Hatchery are inviting the public to celebrate the opening of the new Wildlife Interpretive Center at the hatchery this Saturday.
The fun starts at 6 p.m. with dinner, live music by Sandy and Clay Anderson and cowboy poetry by Duane Rossi.

May 10th

Citizens invited to comment on NFS plan

May 10, 2011

The National Park Service is seeking public input in the development of a Wilderness Stewardship Plan and Environmental Impact Statement to guide existing and future wilderness use and management at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
The parks’ eastern boundary is the western boundary for much of the Inyo National Forest along the summit crest of the Sierra Nevada.

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